Republicans talk about health care for children

1 month 5 days 7 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 10:22:00 AM CST February 24, 2020 in News
By: Gabriela Gonzalez, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - House Representatives talked Monday about health care for children who are eligible for the MO HealthNet.

Rep. Steve Helms, R-Springfield, proposed HB 2379 to provide children under the MO HealthNet the benefit of staying covered for a year after the end of their enrollment.

This means if the child is not eligible anymore, they will still be covered for another 12 months. Currently, if a parent has a seasonal job which makes their income go up, their kids might be off Medicaid. If the child gets sick, the parent would have to pay the doctor's visit out-of-pocket. With this bill, children would be covered for an entire year after the end of their eligibility.

"That's a primary care issue," said Sarah Unsicker, D-St. Louis County. "So, having continuous eligibility it would have them have more primary care."

Exceptions to the one-year additional coverage include the child reaching adult age, or moving out of state.

This bill also hopes to get rid of the waiting time to enroll a child in the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

At Monday's hearing, both parties supported the bill.

"This is a team sport legislation," Helms said. "We all worked together, we talked amongst ourselves. We all work in areas that overlap, and I think this is a good policy to promote change."

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